Veterans

'This freedom did not just magically occur': Omaha residents celebrate Memorial Day

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OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Hundreds came to Memorial Park to solemnly remember the over one million American soldiers who gave everything to preserve the freedoms we have today. "This freedom did not just magically occur. It was paid for,” said Rep. Don Bacon. That includes Marine Corporal Daegan Page, an Omaha native, who was killed last August by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. Read the full story he...

Senate Passes Bill to Name Omaha Post Office After WWII Hero

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On September 5th, 1942, Charles Jackson French of Omaha saved 15 injured Navy sailors after their ship, the USS Gregory, had been attacked by the Japanese Navy. Towing 15 of his fellow sailors in a life raft, French swam for more than 6 hours through shark-infested waters to get the men to safety. Many contend that, because he was a Black sailor during World War Two, he never got the kind of recog...

BACON, FISCHER BILL TO HONOR PETTY OFFICER FRENCH UNANIMOUSLY PASSES SENATE

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Washington, D.C. – Rep. Don Bacon (NE-02) announced today that his bill H.R. 4168, passed the Senate by Unanimous Consent. This legislation will name the U.S. Post Office in Omaha’s Benson area, 6223 Maple St., after Petty Officer First Class Charles Jackson French. A World War II hero with ties to Omaha, he rescued fifteen of his injured shipmates by swimming for hours pulling a life raft to safe...

Offutt-based lab could be in store for new $50 million facility

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After operating for nearly a decade in a temporary location at Offutt Air Force Base, a Defense Department laboratory that identifies the remains of missing U.S. military members could be in store for a new home near the base. Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., proposed an amendment to the House Armed Services Committee calling on the department to “accelerate planning for the construction and relocation” o...

SMITH, BACON INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO AWARD NORTH PLATTE CANTEEN VOLUNTEERS THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL

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Washington, D.C. – Reps. Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Don Bacon (R-NE) introduced legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the individuals and communities who volunteered or donated food and other items to the North Platte Canteen in North Platte, NE during World War II. One of the largest volunteer efforts of WWII, historical documents show 38 counties in Nebraska, two in Colorado, and 55,...

Sasse sends 11th-hour letter to get WWII hero French into post office bill

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OMAHA — U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse’s office said Monday that the effort by Nebraska congressional colleagues to rename the Benson branch post office after a Navy World War II hero with Omaha ties now has what it needs to advance. Sasse spokesman Taylor Sliva confirmed that Sasse wrote a letter of support Monday to the Senate Homeland Security and General Affairs Committee, which handles post office namin...

Sasse has Tuesday deadline to get post office named for Omaha WWII hero

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OMAHA — The last hurdle preventing the naming of the Benson branch post office for World War II hero Charles Jackson French is a signature from U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb. The rest of Nebraska’s congressional delegation have been involved in a months-long effort to honor French, who lived in Omaha when he enlisted. The Senate Homeland Security and General Affairs Committee, however, won’t consider...

BACON VOTES TO PROTECT, NOT STRANGLE VETERANS HEALTH CARE

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Washington, D.C. – Rep. Don Bacon (NE-02) released the following statement after voting against H.R. 3967, the Honoring our PACT Act: “Improving the way the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) serves toxic-exposed veterans should be a common goal shared by every Member of Congress, not just a partisan subset of congress. We need meaningful collaboration on bills of this level of importance and im...

When will post office bear name of WWII hero? Faster if Sasse would sponsor bill, Bacon says

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OMAHA, Neb. -- The story of Charles Jackson French captured the attention of Omaha in the weeks ahead of the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials. After a Japanese attack in the Pacific during WWII, the Navy petty officer swam through shark-infested waters towing a life raft that was tied around his waist. The 22-year-old saved the lives of 15 sailors, including Robert Adrian. French, who was Black, would get...

Rep. Don Bacon Tele-town Hall March 2, 2022

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Rep. Don Bacon (NE-02) hosted a tele-town hall on March 2, 2022 for the people of Nebraska's Second Congressional district to discuss the latest issues in Congress and around the world, including the tensions between Russia and Ukraine, the Afghanistan withdrawal, health care, and much more. Listen here.